Saturday, April 19, 2014

33rd reason to be in AWE - builds arm strength

Angela reminded me of this one. When she started our horsemanship program, she could barely put the saddle on. She got tired easily from doing chores. Yes she is stronger now! no trouble putting the saddle on, carrying water buckets, dumping full wheelbarrows full of manure, etc. Last year when Taryn was here, she had to buy 2 new bowling balls in a short period of time because her arms got so strong from doing horse chores and horsemanship.
Of course we could write pages and pages about how we become strong from doing chores and horsemanship. And not just physical strength.
Most of us become more assertive (either less aggressive or less timid). We learn the power of our willpower. And we learn that just because we have a lot of energy, that doesn't mean we should use it all up right away or do everything really fast or loud or big. If we can change our energy level so it is appropriate for the situation, our energy will last all day long and our accomplishments will be great. Now that is strength! And that is why our horsemanship program is called AWE (Assertiveness, Willpower, Energy).
Be in AWE! Call today. 359-0961.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

32nd reason to be in AWE - nonriding and riding activities

When you are in AWE, you will learn how to communicate with your horse to do things like this!
And this!

 And of course this! This is Lily. She loves these games!
And if you want to ride, you can do that too.
Here is Shadow, who is just starting his riding career. He's doing great!
Maybe you will even advance to bridleless riding. This is Flicka. She is not a rescue horse. She lived here before the rescues starting arriving. Flicka is 20 years young now, and she has helped a lot of people find their confidence in riding.
Would you like to be in AWE? In our horsemanship program?
Today is the best day to get started. Call us. 359-0961.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

31st reason to be in AWE - pretty shirts!

Find our DoubleHP logo shirts in our online Zazzle store. If you have a special request for colors on shirt or image, let us know. On most of the products, you can change the shirt sizes, styles, colors, etc. just let us know if you need help ordering.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Sioux Falls Area Mental Health Professionals - you are Invited!

Here is our new brochure inviting and introducing Mental Health Professionals to consider our equine assisted learning/therapy (EAGALA) program for some of their clients. The Horses can almost always help figure things out.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

30th reason to be in AWE - New. Now.

One of the best times to start something new is the moment you hear that little voice in your head saying, "I'm too old, it's too late."
Well that is just not true for horsemanship. You are never too old, and it is never too late. Not for the humans; not for the horses.
We don't require any previous horse experience to be in AWE. And you don't need to bring a horse. The horses are already here. Waiting for you, their new partner.
There are many different reasons people get started in AWE. We have 30 of them listed here now! with many more reasons to be added.
For me, I have done lots of different horsey things. I started like many kids do. We lived in the country, though we were not farmers. My mom and dad were teachers. But Dad finally talked Mom into letting us have some horses. I went through a few years during college and in my early career years, without owning a horse. But for most of my life (and it's getting pretty long) I've had horses. It wasn't until I was 40ish though that I actually started taking lessons, because I finally had time and money to think about becoming a horse-show person.. I DID kind of think I was too old to become a showperson at that time, but I tried it anyway. And thanks to a wonderful teacher (Carla Clay, who passed away last year) and a wonderful horse (Moonshine, who died last May at the age of 31), I learned how to be safe, happy, and successful in the show world. I am so glad I tried something new at that point in my life.
But I don't really like traveling that much anymore. So, once again, a couple of years ago, I got that urge to try something new with horses. But this time, something I could do right here, without having to haul them all over the place, and something that would let me use my background in education.(yup, I followed Mom & Dad and became a teacher after college.) And so I started researching some of the popular natural horsemanship programs that are out there. And I chose Parelli.
I too hear the little voice. But the little voice in MY head doesn't really say "I'm too old for this." It says, "I wish I would have started this 20 years ago." And as soon as I start hearing that little voice, I get out there with the horses and get going on some new horsemanship activities. Not so much because I'm afraid of getting too old or that it's getting too late, but more because there is soooooooooo much more to learn!
Good Thing to Know: Stay away from the horse people who think they know it all, for they know nothing.
So in our horsemanship program, in AWE, we use Parelli as our foundation, as our guide. There are hundreds of activities, skills, patterns, games, etc. Both non-riding and riding. Not everyone wants to ride right away. And that's fine! But for those of you who are interested in advancing your riding skills, you can certainly do that here too.
And remember, your sponsor $$$ contribution all goes to the horses. People who help you here are volunteers. None of the horsemanship money goes to a person. Every penny goes to a horse, for the horse's food and care.
We do feel there is something for everyone in our horsemanship program, and that everyone should be in AWE. The foundation is the same for everyone, but the reasons & goals are individual. Everyone has an individual program here.
For those of you who are going through a major life change, if your kids have all moved out, if you are retiring from your career and don't know what to do with all your spare time, if you are just feeling kind of gloomy from this long cold winter and spring, if you want to exercise naturally (through horse activities) to lose a few pounds or get stronger, if you just need a new hobby or learning opportunity. And, for sure, if that little voice in your head is saying, "it's too late, you're too old," now is the time to get started and be in AWE. Now is the time to start something new.
New. Now.

Thanks horse sponsors. Want to become one?

Thanks again to Claudia, and also to Jan, for helping to sponsor Shadow this year. It's about 10% of what we need for his feed and care for the year, and we are very very very appreciative of your help.
Also thank you Angela for helping to sponsor Rocky this year.
It might be difficult to talk yourself into helping to sponsor a horse that already has a home. I get it. It's a lot more "glamorous" to help with those poor little starving guys. Here's the deal: Most of our sanctuary horses WERE those poor little starving guys. We have adopted out many of those horses, after we brought them back to health.
Now we are a sanctuary. We are still available to assist law enforcement in horse cases. That was our original mission, and we have not gone away from that.
But with our sanctuary status, we have the opportunity now to help a lot more horses! Through education. So some of our former poor little starving guys, like Shadow and Rocky, are helping to educate humans, through our equine assisted learning and horsemanship programs. Humans learn a lot about themselves and also about all things horsey: what they eat, what they cost, how they behave, how much time & space they require, what they need for good health and quality of life, etc. Some of the people who spend time in our horsemanship program later become horse owners themselves or already are. But they were able to avoid some serious, new-horse-owner mistakes; because they first learned about horse care and ownership, through our program here.
And the more humans we can help become better horsemen / trainers / owners, the fewer horses will get labeled "bad" or "dangerous," just because their humans caused them to be that way through ignorance.
While we do help humans here, we are first here for the horses. To care for them and teach other humans how to care for them and how to be safe and happy around them.
And if you would like to help us with that, you might want to help sponsor one of our rescued horses, one of our former poor little starving guys or gals. As a horse sponsor, you are also invited to participate in our horsemanship or equine assisted learning program.
Thanks again to everyone who is helping already.
Thanks also to great volunteers last Sunday. Danielle, Cindy and kids, and Jasmine and Madeline. We had a special hay project to get done, and we got 'er done!